110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Dec 7, 2012 - 12:36:08pm
A long-awaited road-widening project will get started on Orange Camp Road, probably in 2014. A stretch of the road between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway and Interstate 4 will be four-laned at an estimated cost of $4.5 million.
Bowyer-Singleton Associates is already at work, surveying and mapping the area.
“As soon as the survey is completed in the next couple of months, then we’ll start the design,” County Engineer Gerald Brinton said.
The widening will help move traffic on the roadway, which has increased as Victoria Park communities have built up along Orange Camp and MLK Beltway in recent years. The intersection of Orange Camp and MLK will be improved, with full turn lanes at all approaches.
Though Orange Camp is a county road and improvements will be a county project, the Victoria Park subdivision is in the city of DeLand.
“We reviewed some of the plans for it, providing input to the county design,” City Engineer Keith Riger said.
Kolter Land Partners from Palm Beach County purchased Victoria Park from the St. Joe Co. in December 2009. St. Joe Co. pulled out completely.
That gave rise to concern about the payment of road-impact fees, but the obligation has been met, Riger said.
City of DeLand Planning Director Mike Holmes said Victoria Park builders have paid more than $2.4 million in road-impact fees to Volusia County since the project began.
Money from the gasoline-tax bond will help pay the cost of the improvements, County Manager Jim Dinneen said.
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